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03/14/14 Elgin legislator's home, office searched by federal officials
By Mike Riopell and Elena Ferrarin mriopell@dailyherald.com - Federal officials searched state Rep. Keith Farnham's Elgin legislative office and home Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago said. Spokesman Randall Samborn said a search warrant was executed by officials... FULL STORY
03/14/14 DuPage County is a major GOP primary focus
By Mike Riopell - Campaign spending by conservative talk show host Dan Proft's Liberty Principles committee has exceeded $200,000 in two DuPage County Illinois House races, a huge number in races for seats at the Statehouse. Proft has been backing teacher Keith... FULL STORY
03/11/14 Schneider pushes for unemployment benefits vote
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider Wednesday will push for a House vote on extending unemployment insurance benefits. The move would require signatures from a majority of members of Congress, so the Deerfield Democrat would need at least some Republican... FULL STORY
03/11/14 Brady hits Dillard over union backing
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - State Sen. Bill Brady criticized state Sen. Kirk Dillard's union backing in the governor's race Tuesday, saying Dillard should "come clean about what kind of deal he cut" with Illinois' largest state workers union. Dillard, a Hinsdale... FULL STORY
03/11/14 Truax blasts Oberweis over pre-primary Florida trip
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - State Sen. Jim Oberweis is catching heat from his U.S. Senate opponent Doug Truax for being in Florida a week before Tuesday's primary election. Oberweis says he's in Florida to visit his wife and raise campaign money. FULL STORY
03/09/14 GOP primary for governor: Echoes of 2010 with twist
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - Three of the four Republican candidates for the March 18 primary for governor point to their actions in 2010 as why they're the party's best option to regain control of the top elected post in Illinois, and the other candidate has waged a war... FULL STORY
03/07/14 Dillard begins TV ads in GOP governor race
By Mike Riopell - Public employee and teacher union support for state Sen. Kirk Dillard's campaign for governor has turned into TV ads with less than two weeks to go until the March 18 primary. The unions have given Dillard the campaign cash he's needed to air his... FULL STORY
03/05/14 Dillard gets AFSCME endorsement
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - State Sen. Kirk Dillard today won the backing of the state's largest state employees' union, giving him a trifecta of endorsements from Illinois' most powerful public sector unions. The endorsement from the American Federation... FULL STORY
03/04/14 Madigan urges issuing same-sex marriage licenses now
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says her office will side with same-sex couples who sue to get marriage licenses before June 1. A federal court decision allowed for same-sex marriages to begin in February in Cook County, ahead of the state... FULL STORY
03/04/14 Suburbs could pay more under graduated income tax
By Mike Riopell and Zachary White mriopell@dailyherald.com - A growing campaign for a graduated income tax in Illinois could push more of the total tax burden onto some areas of the suburbs, where median incomes far outpace state averages, critics say. But supporters argue middle-class Illinoisans, no matter... FULL STORY
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